In the sporting world, Physiotherapy finds relevance in the provision of specialized treatment for individual athletes and teams. Physiotherapists carry out a thorough assessment of athletes to determine the cause of injuries or pain. They also work to develop treatment programs and training guides designed to help athletes recover faster.
Sports injuries are often grouped into two main categories. They can either be acute injuries or overuse-related injuries. Acute injuries are those types of injuries caused by trauma to the soft tissues due to direct impact or overstretching. Examples of injuries like this include muscle strains and ankle sprains. Overuse-related injuries refer to injuries caused by the excessive wear and tear of the tissues and joints. Tendonitis and Shin splints are common examples of injuries caused by overuse or other related factors like inadequate warmup and poor technique.
Regardless of the type of injuries or the factors that caused them, injuries typically result in a loss of game or training time. This is usually coupled with a reduction in the athlete’s ability to perform at optimal levels.
The responsibility of the physiotherapist is to assess and treat the different types of sports injuries. Part of our training includes evaluating the anatomical and biomechanical requirements of every sport. This allows us to address injuries holistically; helping athletes to return to play as quickly as possible. We can also advise them on the various ways to prevent injuries from happening, such as sufficient warm-up, the proper use of footwear or other sporting gear, and so on. Physiotherapists may also assess and identify potentially problematic areas that predispose an athlete to injuries and help address them properly.
Our Physiotherapists at PhysioCare specialize in assessing and treating a broad range of sports injuries. They also work in conjunction with our Exercise Physiologists to achieve optimal results.
Types of sports injuries:
Sporting injuries can encompass a broad range of conditions including:
- Ligament injury: ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL
- Meniscal sprain/tear
- Patellofemoral pain (Runner’s knee)
- Patella tendinopathy
- Shoulder dislocation
- Acromioclavicular sprain (ACJ injury)
- Labral injury or tear
- Rotator cuff related shoulder pain
- Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI)
- Adductor-related groin pain (osteitis pubis, groin pain)
- Labral tears
- Ankle sprain
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciitis
- Stress fractures
- Tennis elbow
- Ulnar sided wrist pain